Teaching Assistant - An Introduction
If you would like to attend this course in the summer term please get in touch now to register your interest.
SPECIAL PRICE £20 If you are low waged or unemployed, or low skilled (level 2 or below) or want to progress to more sustainable employment, we may be able to offer you this course for £20. Please contact us to find out more.
If you are considering a career change to becoming a Teaching Assistant, this course is a general introduction to support the parent helper in developing the requisite skills and competencies which are needed to work effectively in the primary education setting. This course is free-standing but is good preparation if you would like to move on to undertake the QCF qualification in supporting learning in the classroom in the primary phase. You will gain an understanding of key aspects needed for successful integration into the classroom delivery team and the impact that this may have on your work with children. You will be introduced to the skills that underpin a thoughtful approach to your practice and understand the importance of diversity within the classroom. Ways in which to develop your professional practice will also be considered as will some of the fundamental skills in working with children in activities and the techniques used to make basic observations of their progress.
During the course you will look at:
Session 1: SCHOOLS AS ORGANISATIONS
Session 2: EFFECTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
Session 3: EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Session 4: SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN
Session 5: UNDERSTAND YOUNG PEOPLE’S DEVELOPMENT
Session 6: UNDERSTAND EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
Session 7: UNDERSTAND CHILDREN’S PLAY
Session 8: CREATING DISPLAYS
Session 9: CONTRIBUTE TO TEAMWORK IN A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Session 10: IDENTIFYING PROGRESSION ROUTES and TECHNIQUES
Level 2 reading and writing skills (i.e. to GCSE standard). If you do not have this level of English please contact us as we can help you find a suitable course to improve your English skills. On booking, please advise if you have any work experience (paid or voluntary) in the sector as this will help us in our planning.
Table-top exercises e.g. Flash cards; worksheets; mini-lectures; pair, small group and whole group learning conversations; discussions; peer assessment; case-studies; role-play.
You will have been introduced to the necessary skills and techniques that will enable you to progress into further study or to work effectively in the primary education setting.
Please bring pens and paper and a ring binder.
You may be asked to complete short tasks such as reading an article or completing a worksheet in order to prepare for the next session.
At the start of the course you will be given your own individual learning plan. Your tutor will record your entry level and together you will track your progress and achievements.
We will support learners to make informed choices about their next steps by providing appropriate individual and/or group information, advice, and/or guidance tailored to need and desired outcomes.
This course allows you to gain new skills and is an identified progression route into accredited provision/further study or employment and learners will be given an insight into these opportunities. You could apply to volunteer at a local school as a volunteer helper. If you have GCSE grade C and above qualifications and a regular volunteering or paid role, you could consider the Level 2 or Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools qualification. Please note: Before you start your placement working with children you will be required to obtain a DBS enhanced disclosure check (formerly the CRB check). This is usually organised by your place of work.